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    Looking to finish my basement

    Anyone have any recommendations on who to contact to finish my basement and what am I looking to pay a square foot? Thanks in advance!



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    Re: Looking to finish my basement

    We subbed a lot of the work out ourselves, but it took quite awhile to complete. Look for a good contractor who can frame, drywall, and handle all the subs in their bid. (have them arrange electrical, plumbing, duct work, heating, etc)

    *Draw up plans well ahed of time; design/options/add-ons

    * Look into all the low voltage wiring carefully......for audio/visual; security system; etc. Now is the time to install this stuff.

    * If you have a TV/sound system in mind, built-in speakers in the walls/ceiling are a must.

    * Gas fireplace. If it's in the budget--a great thing from Oct-March in Iowa

    * Pool table/other gaming? We barely play billiards. Takes up a lot of space

    * Take SEVERAL walk-throughs when framing is up---for LIGHT SWITCHES./ outlets. visualize where you'll want them

    * Think about storage; carpeting vs tile vs wood flooring.

    * wet bar? A bar counter is a waste of space. A small kitchen + countertop (smal fridge/microwave/sink) is good enough



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    Re: Looking to finish my basement

    Insulation: heavy polyethylene sheeting against the concrete walls. Studs next to the poly. Use polystyrene insulation between the studs. Room to put electrical and utilities wiring in the walls, phone, cable, Internet, stereo speakers.

    Don't use fiberglass batt insulation.

    There is no need to insulate all the way to the floor either, since that is below the frost line.

    Hold the base plate pressure treated 2 x 4s off the floor with 1/4" - 1/2" spacers to allow air flow. Hold the drywall off the floor by the same 1/4" - 1/2" dimension. Hold the baseboard off the floor too.

    Use green drywall to protect against mold and mildew. Some people recommend the blue 2 x 4s for the studs. This is a good idea but a fairly new idea. If you watch Holmes vs. Homes, you will see the basement materials with mold and mildew prevention properties. Since he's in Canada, I think they are required. I think he's mentioned these regulations during the shows. Of course, he uses spray expandable polystyrene foam insulation to fill all the cracks and crevasses.



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    Re: Looking to finish my basement

    Timber Creek Homes 515-210-6809

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    Re: Looking to finish my basement

    Red house in wdm but they are generally swamped. They give exact dates and get it done when they say they will. They are featured on a ton of dm tv shows on remodeling ect.



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    Re: Looking to finish my basement

    Quote Originally Posted by UNIGuy4Cy View Post
    Anyone have any recommendations on who to contact to finish my basement and what am I looking to pay a square foot? Thanks in advance!
    Did 750 Sq Ft basement this last summer by starving young contractor in Ames and came in 65-70% of two other bids, looked at 1200 Sq Ft basement and Bathroom he did and look good. I paid for all supplies end of each week along with portion of labor fee weekly. Very happy with results and cost came in about $22-24 Sq Ft for TV area, Wet Bar Area, 3/4 BR. This did not include bar cabinets and carpet, but did include tile for BR, Bar, and Office area which was aprox 350 Sq Ft.

    Kept itemized cost against proposal, and within 2% of proposed. Send email if you want more details



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    Re: Looking to finish my basement

    Did my basement this last spring, do as much of it yourself. Contractors will rip you off on most things, sorry but true. I had someone do the electrical and Drywall/mud etc, got s good deal from drywall guy, and got lucky a friend is a licensed electrician. Framing was a lot easier than i thought.


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    Re: Looking to finish my basement

    Quote Originally Posted by ripvdub View Post
    Did my basement this last spring, do as much of it yourself. Contractors will rip you off on most things, sorry but true. I had someone do the electrical and Drywall/mud etc, got s good deal from drywall guy, and got lucky a friend is a licensed electrician. Framing was a lot easier than i thought.
    Redid my basement with my dad earlier this spring. Knocked it out in a week.

    The one thing I don't want to do again is the mud/taping. Hire that out to someone because that **** sucks.

    If you are confident in yourself and have the right tools it could be an option.


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    Re: Looking to finish my basement

    Quote Originally Posted by MNCYWX View Post

    The one thing I don't want to do again is the mud/taping. Hire that out to someone because that **** sucks.
    Amen

    Find someone talented, where there is minimal sanding required



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